Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Drybrushed and Highlighted Plaguebearer

This is a plaguebearer that I feel I've spent a whole lot of time on over the past couple of weeks, on and off.

Once more, I decided to stray from the usual sickly green colour scheme and go for something altogether darker and broodier. This is the result, and I'm broadly very pleased with it.

The painting was done in a few main stages. After the undercoat (in black) and undercoat (brown with black ink), I progressively drybrushed this plaguebearer lighter and lighter. But when I say lighter and lighter, the first few coats were only a little above black in terms of their hue. Along the way, I "contaminated" my paint brush (with intent!) with some yellows, browns and greens ad lib. This is a technique that I think I'll adopt for some plague marines as well - it seems to have worked out very well.

Once content with the drybrushing, I turned to the open sores and wounds. I basecoated these in pink and subsequently washed (inked) them red. Using a combination of reds, pinks and oranges, I steadily lightened the colour back up again to give a glistening, yet necrotic, feel to the wounds.

In other details, I highlighted around the wounds with a light grey colour to help them stand out and make the surrounding skin appear more like it is flaking away (yuck!) and highlighted the arm that turns in to a tentacle. The plaguesword follows my strange blue colour scheme (indeed, the unnatural blue plagueswords are a unifying aspect of my plaguebearers). The wrist bangle was painted in gold, inked darker and highlighted to give a worn look. The horn was highlighted in off-white and the eyeball dotted with a steady hand.

All in all, a solid addition to the growing plaguebearer band!

8 comments:

Chris said...

Looks great, the guts are nice. I've always struggled to get innards looking realistic so I think I will try your technique.

Alvin Khaw said...

Nice, very nice. I like the contrast of colours there and I also agree on the idea of having Plaguebearers with different colours. I've always wanted to paint them greyish white instead of green.

suneokun said...

I really like the paint scheme - sort of 'zombie with a lightsabre' look! The greyish look is far more striking then the standard green pus look and really highlights your superb 'guts' work. Nice job!

Lord said...

can we see a picture of your entire Nurgle Force? There are scattered horrors, Plague bearers and various other models around, but it would be interesting to see a whole army...

Farmpunk said...

I agree with suneokun, I like this greenish grey look a lot.

The zombie look goes very well with the nice inking job on the entrails

oni said...

I agree with everyone else here that the colour scheme rocks. I think it's better suited than the standard pale green.

And I too would like to see a picture of the whole unit.

Good job. :)

erfunk said...

I'm impressed. Very nice work!

jabberjabber said...

Thanks folks! I'll see what I can do about a whole-force photo / show case :)

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